It’s the end of a hot, dry growing season but the 36th annual Shreveport Farmers’ Market is still going strong. The produce vendors are down to the nitty-gritty and are nearing the end of the hot weather growing season- but you can still find delicious tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and fresh shelled peas among the other fresh produce.
There is always SOMETHING delicious at the Farmers’ Market and this Saturday is a great time to go by to celebrate our local growers, makers and bakers by buying something. It’s also a great week because it’s National Farmers Market Week, a week to focus on what our small and local farmers and markets mean to our community! (PS, the link above is chock full of the many compelling reasons why Farmers Markets matter to local communities).
The market opens bright and early Saturday morning at 7:30 am and rolls until 12:30. Remember that you can also purchase breakfast and other ready-to-eat food (and coffee) at Festival Plaza, so make a morning of it- then roll right into Second Saturday Downtown.
This weekend from 8:30- 10:30, Monty Russell will be entertaining the crowd from the Bally’s Musician Stage and afterwards, learn a trick or two about cooking from LSU AgCenter’s Abigail McAllister. The LifeShare Bloodmobile will also be at the curb asking for donations.
One other thing you can do for the Shreveport Farmers’ Market is VOTE for it! The Farmland Trust is giving cash awards to the most popular and best farmers’ markets in the land…and we certainly think ours deserves to be celebrated. Vote here ttps://markets.farmland.org/…/shreveport-farmers-market/ through September 19th! Right now, the Shreveport market is FIRST in Louisiana, 7th in the Southeast… but all that can change when you vote. (You can vote once for each email address.)
Speaking of small farmers, have you visited downtown’s small farmer- Cotton St. Farms? CSF is the area’s only hydroponic farm, and grows fresh produce without harmful pesticides, fungicides, or worrisome contamination factors, utilizing nutrient-infused water. This process ensures the consumer receives safe, healthy, nutritious, and aroma-filled produce fresh from their farm to your table.
CSF carries a variety of goods, from meat to salad dressing to coffee and honey and meal bundles. Purchase fresh salad mixes, microgreens, leafy greens such as kale and butter lettuce, herbs- all picked while you are there! See all the products CSF offers here.
CSF is open Saturdays 10 am- 4 pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1 pm- 6 pm, and Fridays 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Drop by and see what’s growing!